The Best City Baby Registry Picks for 2018

15 things you need for urban parenting.

The Best City Baby Registry Picks for 2018

Any city mama will tell you, there’s no place better to raise a baby. The culture, the restaurants… the going to the corner market to shop for dinner, sans-carseat. But momming in the city does come with it’s own set of unique challenges. Lugging what seems like everything you own into the subway, for example.

With the right gear, though, your city baby will feel at home no matter where you end up. We’ve done some digging, and rounded up our top 15 picks to make life with your urban baby even sweeter. Here’s our City Baby Registry picks for 2018.

1. Bugaboo Fox

When it comes to navigating the city, the Bugaboo Fox is our top choice. It’s totally customizable with incredibly luxe options: wooden wheel caps, leather handlebar grips and so many fabric color choices. Plus, it can haul up to 22-pounds in the underseat basket. Starts at $1,199, buy it here.

2. Ergobaby x Hello Kitty Omni 360 Baby Carrier

For those moments when your little one just wants to be close we are all about Ergobaby. Their newest collection featuring Hello Kitty is giving us major heart eyes. Ergobaby carriers are easy on mama and so snuggly for baby. A must for city life. $180, buy it here.

3. OXO Tot Mealtime Starter Set

Starting your little on solids is so fun and exciting, and OXO makes it so easy with their Tot Mealtime Starter Set. A bib, spoons and perfectly sized containers for tiny meals on the go. We know you want to save space in your kitchen so believe us when we say, you really don’t need anything else. $34.99, buy it here.

4. Bamboobies Multi-Pack Nursing Pads

And because you never know when a little leakage might ruin a good day -- and outfit. Bamboobies have you covered. Literally. These eco-friendly nursing pads are soft, absorbent and leak-proof. Yes! $24.99, buy it here.

5. Rose & Rex Nou Nou Bear

A sweet companion for your little city kid. The Nou Nou bear is a whimsical recreation of the classic teddy. It’s hand embroidered for that special, sentimental look and it’s just so, so soft. $58, buy it here.

6. Dyson Pure Hot+Cold Link

The Dyson Pure is what dreams are made of. It’s a triple treat: heating, cooling and purifying the air in your little one’s space. The Pure is able to remove up to 99.97% of toxins from the air in your space, which is so important in a bustling and air polluted city. It also keeps the room temperature perfectly consistent and with no spinning blades, is safe for tiny fingers. $499.99, buy it here.

7. Ubbi Mint Diaper Pail

Speaking of keeping the air clean… don’t punish your nose! Banish dirty diapers to the Ubbi pail. This thing is major in keeping your house smelling just as minty fresh as the pail looks. And a huge plus: it works with any trash bag! $79.99, buy it here.

8. Loyal Hana Carrie Nursing Shirt

So chic and stylish, no one will even know it’s a nursing shirt. Until you unzip it, of course. Loyal Hana is our favorite brand for pregnant or nursing mamas, and we’re smitten with the Carrie. Plus, it’s on sale right now so like, win-win. $85, buy it here.

9. Babyganics Essentials Gift Set

When it’s time to clean your urban bebe, use clean products. We love Babyganics for it’s plant-based, tear-free, non-allergenic ingredients. There are no parabens, sulfates or dyes and the products are not tested on animals. It’s a company we can really get behind. $27.99, buy it here.

10. African Botanics Stretch Mark Oil

A day bumping from borough to borough can be tough on a pregnant mama, so take a little time for yourself with this indulgent stretch mark oil from African Botanics. This all natural oil helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars, and signs of age. Who couldn’t use a little of that? $105, buy it here.

11. Willow Breast Pump

Say hello to the future with this battery operated, on-the-go, no cords or tubes breast pump! The Willow pump is changing the way city mamas feed our babies; you don’t need an outlet -- and you don’t even need a private space. Just slip the pumping pods into your bra and voila! $479.99, buy it here.

12. Doddle & Co. The Pop

This is the smartest pacifier that has ever existed. You don’t have to live in fear of your baby dropping it on the floor in a dirty subway car or in the middle of Madewell. Every time The Pop hits the floor, the nipple pops back into its protective cover. No more putting a dirty paci in your own mouth first (not that any of us would ever do that anyway, right?!) $9.99, buy it here.

13. Gathre Medium All Purpose Mat

We are crushing so hard on the greenery in this Gathre mat. The hand painted design is stunning and the bonded leather mat is so durable, giving your little one a cushy, spill-proof place to play no matter where you are. Library, park, backyard -- this gorgeous mat is the perfect accessory for your day out. $105, buy it here.

14. Babyletto Origami Mini Crib

City apartments aren’t big, and city parents know function is just as important as form. When it comes to Babyletto’s Origami Mini, you don’t have to sacrifice either. The all-wood crib folds up and rolls away with ease to give you a little extra space -- such a lifesaver if your little one is sharing a room with you or with siblings. $269.99, buy it here.

15. Aden + Anais Indigo Shibori Swaddles

Wrap your baby in love and style with these beautiful indigo shibori swaddles. These silky-soft swaddles are so multifunctional: burritio-ing your babe, over the shoulder burp cloth, stroller cover, nursing cover, and so much more. $45, buy it here.

Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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